Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) Chairman Fred P. Hochberg has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Chairman K.S. Popli of the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) that will explore options for utilizing up to $1 billion to finance the sale of U.S. clean energy exports to India.
Chairman Hochberg is visiting India this week to promote made-in-America exports in support of U.S. jobs.
The availability of Ex-Im Bank financing could translate into support for skilled jobs in the U.S. renewable energy sector while contributing to the Indian government's recently-announced goal of providing 24-hour electricity to India's 1.3 billion citizens by 2019, much of it set to come from renewable sources. In fact, Ex-Im Bank has authorized $353.4 million for U.S. renewable energy exports to India since 2009, and Ex-Im Bank was one of the top financiers of projects under the National Solar Mission Phase 1.
"When quality, reliable U.S. goods and services are brought to bear in high-demand markets like India, the benefits are felt in both of our countries," said Chairman Hochberg. "This Memorandum of Understanding will reinforce the strong ties that America and India already share, create good-paying jobs on both of our shores, and further invigorate America's clean energy industry while equipping India to meet its own ambitious energy goals."
After signing the Memorandum, Chairman Hochberg travelled to Noida, India to attend and give remarks at the India-US Technology Summit. During his remarks, Chairman Hochberg highlighted the renewable energy MOU as evidence of the mutual benefits that can be realized by choosing quality U.S. goods.
India ranks as the second-largest destination for U.S. exports supported by Ex-Im Bank financing, and claims more than $7.2 billion of the Bank's credit exposure through FY 2014. Over the last five years, Ex-Im Bank has authorized an average of $1.4 billion per year to finance U.S. exports to India.